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The always reliable travel experts at Lonely Planet have nominated their top 10 airports of the world. I use Lonely Planet a lot during my travels and have had many enjoyable experiences all over the world thanks to their insight and tips. I also happen to agree with their top ten airport list, and you will notice that 7 out of the 10 airports on their list are located in the Asia/Pacific region. Keep that in mind when booking your next international flight. Sometimes the fastest and most convenient routing is via Asia and the good news is that Asian / Pacific airlines offer some of the best value in the sky today.
1. Singapore Changi Airport
With airport gardens, free day tours of Singapore for in transit passengers, spa facilities, napping areas, live music and fine dining, all make Singapore’s Changi Airport hard to beat. But the airport’s pièce de resistance is its rooftop swimming pool at Terminal 1′s Ambassador Transit Hotel. There is no better way to relax and cool down before a long-haul flight. Most flights on Singapore Airlines connect in Singapore. Check out this airfare deal from Los Angeles to Singapore and experience this world class airport for yourself.
2. Seoul Incheon International Airport
Sleek and uncongested, Seoul Incheon International Airport has plenty to keep the weary international traveller entertained. Where else, apart from Incheon’s Korean Culture Museum, can you view World-Heritage rated artefacts while you await your boarding call? With rotating exhibitions gracing the main passenger halls and a fragrant pine garden for a moment of contemplation, Incheon actually manages to make international travel a breeze. Book Asiana or Korean Airlines to connect in Seoul or check out this hot airfare deal from San Francisco to Seoul.
3. Hong Kong International Airport
The world’s second busiest airport makes for an exciting stop-over. Experience its 4D Extreme Cinema and fantastic flight simulators at the Aviation Discovery Centre, both in Terminal 2, then play free-of-charge PlayStation or even a quick round of golf at Sky City Nine Eagles Golf Course. Book Flights on Cathay Pacific or China Airlines to connect in Hong Kong or book this airfare deal From San Francisco to Hong Kong.
4. Munich International Airport
Enter Europe trough the side door in Germany’s second busiest airport: Munich International. Munich Airport gets good reviews for its calm, well-organised approach to travel. For last-minute gifts, football fans will enjoy the FC Bayern fan store, offering hundred of soccer-related souvenirs. Book Flights on Lufthansa to connect in Munich or score a hot airfare deal from New York to Munich.
5. Kuala Lumpur International Airport
If work needs to be done during your layover, Kuala Lumpur International’s business centre in the airport’s Satellite Building is just the place to do it. Offering free wifi, a quiet place to work and a range of secretarial services. Once your laptop is powered down, stop in at the nearby Reflexology and Massage centre for a rejuvenating pre-take off treatment. Book flights on Malaysian Airlines to connect in Kuala Lumpur or book this hot deal from New York to Kuala Lumpur.
6. Zurich Airport
Zurich’s efficient airport offers a “behind the scenes” guided tour; alternatively you can simply enjoy the friendly service and short distances between gates of this bright, well run Swiss hub. Book flights on Swiss to connect in Zurich or get this hot airfare deal from San Francisco to Zurich.
7. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
The best thing about Schiphol Airport is the presence of a branch of Amsterdam’s famous, Rembrandt-filled Rijksmuseum, turning it into a Dutch Masters pit-stop. Unwind with a Back to Life massage or a pedicure at the Xpres Spa (the first spa to grace a European airport), then sip champagne with caviar at Schiphol’s Bubbles bar, or hole up in it’s cozy Cafe Amsterdam. Book flights on KLM or Martinair to connect in Schiphol or get this deal from New York to Amsterdam.
8. Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International’s new Terminal 3 offers free wifi, designer shops, and a well-recommended Air China business lounge. Book flights on Air China to connect in Beijing or get this airfare deal from New York to Beijing.
9. Auckland International Airport
You can sip New Zealand wine at Auckland International Airport’s Blue Bar, move on to nori and donburi at Hayama Sushi and pick up a few Kiwi gifts for the folks back home before your connecting flight. Book flights on Air Pacific, V Australia or Air New Zealand to connect in Aukland or take this deal from Los Angeles to Auckland.
10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Sleek, modern and expansive, Bangkok’s breezy Suvarnabhumi airport hosts a slick 600-room Novotel with a very pleasant pool, a new 15-minute rail link to the city set to open soon, and a cool, soothing business lounge. Book flights on Thai Airways or China Airlines to connect in Bangkok or book this hot deal from Los Angeles to Bangkok.